Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Experimenting Done – For the Time Being

I took this past Saturday & did my little experiment using patching plaster and craft metal.  Want to see what I came up with?

First, let me say this…….I had a blast.  It’s been so long since I just let myself go, tried something new, and not given a rat’s rear-end what it looked like when I finished.  That is extremely freeing!

First pic here is the original.  I took the craft metal from which I had punched several flowers and used that as a stencil.  After taping it down to a piece of Bristol board, I went to town with the plaster (note to self….use removable adhesive the next time).

Take 1

Okay……the plaster flowers are kind of bright & they look plopped down with a halo effect thingy going on.  The one element I liked was the plaster at the top.  I gave it several washes of paint in different colors, wiping each wash off after a few seconds of drying time.

Next, I asked for and received some input from the Gauche Alchemy Design Team.  Two suggestions were to tone down the flowers and blend the terra cotta color (almost-dried up bronze paint) more.  Thanks Jo!  So, I reworked it.

Take 2

Notice how the colors are more blended, there aren’t jarring changes in the color, and the brightness of the flowers doesn’t blind you anymore?  I was told it brings to mind Mexican tiles (thank you Jennifer!).

Of course, me being an embellisher, I just couldn’t resist adding the little piece of broken necklace in the top right corner.  Next time, I’ll punch a hole and thread it through there & leave it hanging loose instead of gluing it down.

Okay, so, I’ll never be a great artist.  BUT, I had fun, got to finger paint (I LOVE finger-painting) and for once just let ‘er rip.  I think I’m ready for another go around. 

Finger-painting and plaster anyone?

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  1. Quick question- you punched flowers out of metal? By use of a machine? I noticed you posted about that metal tape used for ducting work...I have a roll just waiting for a clever idea to pop in my head! Have fun with the plaster!

  2. Hi Marilyn ~ Swinging by to let you know you won my Pick Your Plum Giveaway! Congratulations! I will need your mailing address to send them. Happy Saturday!

  3. I just found your blog via the Unique Crafter's Challenge, and I LOVE IT :) I'm specifically in love with your ATCs. Can't wait to see more projects!

  4. You seriously sell yourself short my friend! You are absolutely an artist!

  5. Hi there Marilyn...thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a lovely comment on my projects for the Scrap FX blog hop.
    Good luck in winning some awesome chipboard!
    Sharryn :)

  6. wow thats so fabulous, i love the effect. Beautiful work.
    hugs June